Teachers’ day is celebrated in India on September 5. The day commemorates the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, a renowned teacher and philosopher, and the second president of India. The much-awaited day is marked by special programs or activities in schools and colleges. On this day, students often write teachers’ day speeches and present them in front of the class or school.
In this post, MomJunction helps you guide your child to write an endearing teachers’ day speech and gives you a few sample speeches for reference.
10 Tips For Preparing A Teachers’ Day Speech In English, For Kids
Here are a few things that you should keep in mind while preparing a teachers’ day speech.
1. Let them write it.
Remember, the speech will be delivered by your child and not you. Let your child do most of the work in drafting the speech. You could just guide them with these tips and encourage them.
2. Start the speech with a great hook.
Grab the attention of the teachers and fellow students by starting the speech in an interesting way. They could start the speech by using the word “Imagine,” telling a short but compelling story, or using an inspirational quote.
3. Follow a format.
Start the speech by greeting the teachers and fellow students and thanking them for giving you (the child) the wonderful opportunity to speak in front of the class or school. Next, present the main content, and conclude it with a simple thank you.
4. Use colloquial language.
Use simple words and write in a conversational tone. Keep in mind that people are going to listen to the speech and not read it. Try to use short sentences and contractions wherever possible, and do not use words that they would not usually use when speaking to someone. You could also ask the child to try reading the sentences aloud while writing the speech.
5. Find interesting facts.
Ask your child to do thorough research on the topic and find interesting facts that the audience would not have heard of. This would give the audience the impression that your child knows what they are talking about.
6. Stick to the topic.
Help them understand the topic and ensure they do not stray from it. Also, let them not include everything that they know about the topic. Try to pick a few points that would be relatable to the audience and stick to one point at a time.
7. Tell a story.
One way of engaging the audience is by telling a story. Ask your child to include anecdotes or their personal experiences with their teachers. This can help the audience relate to your child.
8. Keep it short and concise.
The worst thing that one could do while delivering a speech is to keep it long and bore the audience. Keep the speech short and concise, but not too short to keep the audience wanting for more.
9. Revise and edit the speech.
Once the child has written the speech, help them revise and edit it. They may have to work through multiple drafts in the process. Finally, tell them to remove the words that they can delete. The idea is to make the speech as clear as possible. Also, look for any grammatical errors that they might have committed in the written text.
10. Practice, practice, practice
Ask your child to practice the speech multiple times. Focus on body language and tone. Remember, this is a perfect opportunity to help your child develop their public speaking skills.
List Of Topics For Teachers’ Day Speech in English
If your child is unsure about the topic to choose for teachers’ day speech, they may use this list.
- Importance of teachers’ day
- Importance of teachers in our lives
- Why I love my teachers
- My favorite teacher
- The story of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
- Why is teaching important?
- Importance of teachers’ day celebration
- If I were a teacher
- Imagine a school or classroom without a teacher.
- My favorite happy teachers’ day quotes and wishes for teachers
Here are a few sample speeches that you could refer to.
Welcome Speech For Teachers’ Day
Good morning, respected principal, teachers, and my dear friends. As we all know, we are gathered here today to celebrate and pay our respects to our teachers, who are our second parents and role models. Thank you for giving me this wonderful opportunity. It is a privilege to welcome our dear teachers on this special occasion.
Dear teachers, we welcome you all to this program that we have organized to tell you how much we appreciate you. Words are not enough to express the important role you play in our lives. We will remain indebted to you forever.
Dr. Radhakrishnan once said, “The true teachers are those who help us think for ourselves.” Yes, teachers, in the last few days, we have been helping each other to come up with things that could entertain you. We hope you have a lovely time as we showcase our creative skills to you in the next hour or so.
Once again, a very warm welcome, dear teachers. I will now hand over the mic to Kavita, our MC for the program. Thank you.
Speech On Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan On Teachers’ Day
A very good morning, dear teachers and my fellow students. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to speak about Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, a great teacher and scholar, and a former president of our country.
Let me take this time to tell you a few things about him that will inspire us all.
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was born in 1888 in Tiruttani, Tamil Nadu. He attended a local primary school, and then the Lutheran Mission High School in Tirupati, Vellore’s Voorhees College, and then, Madras Christian College (MCC), where he studied philosophy.
He was appointed as a teacher of philosophy at the Presidency College, Madras, in 1909. And in 1921, he was appointed as a professor of philosophy at Calcutta University, where he occupied the prestigious George V Chair of Philosophy. He also served as the vice-chancellor of Andhra University and Banaras Hindu University and as a professor at Oxford University.
From 1949 to 1952, he served as India’s ambassador to the Soviet Union. He then became the first vice president of independent India in 1952 and the second president of India in 1962. He passed away in April 1975.
Before I conclude my speech, let me tell you some interesting facts about Dr. Radhakrishnan.
- He was awarded the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in India, in 1954.
- He chaired the UNESCO General Conference from 1952 to 1954 and in 1958.
- He was knighted by King George V in 1931, for his services to education. However, after India gained its independence, he dropped the word “Sir” from his name and used “Doctor” instead.
- He has written several books on Indian Philosophy and the Hindu religion.
Thank you all for listening to me attentively. And happy teachers’ day, dear teachers.
Speech On Favorite Teacher
(You may also use this topic without naming a single teacher)
Good morning, dear principal, teachers, and my fellow students. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak about my favorite teacher, on this special occasion.
Before I proceed, I would like to wish all my teachers a very happy teachers’ day. May God bless you, and may you keep inspiring us every day.
My favorite teacher is Miss Linda. She is my role model. She teaches us English and Social Studies. She is also our class teacher. Miss Linda is from Punjab and has been teaching in our school for more than three years.
I always look forward to her classes as she makes them very interesting. The way she narrates the stories and reads the poems is just lovely. For example, I like the way she reads the stories in the voice of the different characters.
She comes up with interesting examples and makes sure that all her students understand the topics. She is also very knowledgeable and tells us things that make us better persons.
Miss Linda makes us do fun activities. On World Environment Day, we, the grade-3 students, planted 100 trees around the school. She also took us to a nursing home last month. The way the grandmas and grandpas smiled and laughed when we were with them made me feel good.
Our teacher is also very kind. One day, when I was ill, she came to my house and brought fruits for me. I will never forget that day.
Thank you, Miss Linda and all my teachers for taking care of us in the school and teaching us amazing things. Happy teachers’ day once again.
Importance Of Teachers’ Day
Good morning, respected principal, teachers, and my fellow students. Firstly, I would like to thank our school leader, Preeti, for giving me this wonderful opportunity to speak about the importance of teachers’ day.
Allow me to start this speech by reading a poem by Eileen Snook. The poem is titled “Opposites.” Here it goes:
Overworked, overextended, overbooked.
Overweight, overtired, and overlooked.
Overdrawn and overhead.
Overnight I’m sick abed.
Underdog, underpaid, undermined.
Underloved, undermost (that’s underlined).
Undervalued and underestimated.
Yes, my dear friends, this is the state of our teachers today. A day like this allows us to introspect and ask ourselves if our teachers are being given the recognition due to them. Let us pledge that we will always be grateful to our teachers and show them respect, not just today but every single day of our lives.
Different countries celebrate teachers’ day on different days of the year. In India, we celebrate teachers’ day on September 5 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the first vice president and the second president of independent India. He, an excellent teacher and academic himself, suggested that his birthday be celebrated as teachers’ day to honor the teaching community. Thus, since 1962, the country has been celebrating this special day.
A Chinese proverb says, “If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.” Friends, education is the passport to our future and, who else, but our dear teachers are at the forefront, preparing us for a better future. Let us all thank them for the tireless work that they do every day.
Before I end my speech, I would like to say a big thank you to all our teachers. May God bless you abundantly for your selfless work and for helping us become worthy citizens of the nation. Thank you.
Motivational Speech For Teachers’ Day
Good morning, dear teachers and my fellow students. Before I proceed, I would like to wish all our teachers a very happy teachers’ day. My name is Anupriya, and I am in grade 8. Thank you for giving me this wonderful opportunity.
We are all aware that teachers’ day in India is celebrated to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the second president of India. However, today, I would like to speak about Savitribai Phule, who is considered to be India’s first female teacher and a pioneer of girl child education in India. I thought I would speak on Savitribai as ours is a girls’ school, and we are all indebted to her.
Savitribai Phule was born on January 3, 1831, in Naigaon, Maharashtra. She was married to Jyotirao Phule when she was nine years old.
Her husband taught her to read and write, and the couple opened India’s first school for women in Pune in 1848. They finally went on to open 18 schools for girls, despite much backlash from society. To honor her contributions to education, the government renamed the University of Pune as Savitribai Phule University in 2014.
Besides being an advocate of women’s education, she also fought against sati, child marriage, and untouchability and supported widow-remarriage and inter-caste marriage. She and her husband also set up the “Balhatya Pratibandhak Griha,” a social reform society that offered care to children of rape victims and victims who escaped female infanticide and sati. She was also a Marathi poet, and most of her poems emphasized the need for education.
It is because of great teachers like Savitribai Phule that we are where we are today. Let’s all remember the women who fought to advocate women’s education and thank our teachers for all their efforts and commitment to educating us. Thank you.
Besides giving students the opportunity to honor their teachers for their immense contributions, teachers’ day also allows young minds to showcase their talents and creativity, be it in the form of delivering a teachers’ day speech, performing a skit, or doing interesting activities. We hope the tips and sample speeches we have provided in this post help your child draft an endearing speech that can make them remember their school days for years.
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